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A Voice for Wine Consumers

June 19, 2013 by  

With the launch of The American Wine Consumer Coalition today, U.S. wine consumers now have a place in public policy debates for the first time ever.  Brainchild of award-winning wine blogger and wine industry public relations consultant, Tom Wark, the new organization will focus on increasing consumer rights to access wine via direct shipping, supermarket […]

Another Perspective on AP16

April 12, 2013 by  

Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum reports on her experience at the Alcohol Policy 16 conference last week.  She draws conclusions similar to my own. She notes: I’ve written some on alcohol policy in the past (here and here) and as the director of IWF’s Women for Food Freedom project, I’m always interested in […]

Taxing Alcohol for Profit and Punishment

April 10, 2013 by  

Although there appears to be no acceptable level of alcohol consumption to participants at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference, which met last week in Arlington, Va., attendees certainly don’t mind profiting from people who do drink. During a discussion on alcohol tax policy, these “public health advocates” discussed ways to hike the rates as much […]

News Sips: Sunday Alcohol Sales, Free-Speech, and Taxes

February 24, 2011 by  

Never on a Sunday — In Georgia It looked like it was on the fast track for approval, but the Georgia assembly has declined to consider the bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales in the state. The Georgia Senate shelved the bill after a “secret meeting” among Republican lawmakers, according to a story […]

I’ll Drink to That: No More Beer Taxes

July 9, 2010 by  

My colleague Michelle Minton has an excellent piece on CEI’s Openmarket related to a congressional proposal to reduce taxes on small beer producers. But Minton suggests that Congress needs to go much further: So yes, cutting taxes will help small breweries stay afloat and grow, but it isn’t enough for true stimulation of the beverage […]

MD Proposed Alcohol Tax Hikes Upward of 1,000 Percent

March 12, 2010 by  

Despite their seeming love of big government, Maryland lawmakers have done one thing worthy of praise: they have has kept state alcohol taxes relatively low. According to the Tax Foundation‘s most recent report on excise taxes, Maryland’s wine tax is the is the 11th lowest, it’s beer tax is the 8th lowest, and it is […]